Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Steve Reich in May of 1980. The interview begins with Reich giving a brief description of his childhood experiences as a piano student and member of a school band. He then plays two recordings of his “Music for a Large Ensemble”, highlighting the ways in which he revises a piece based on his ability to rehearse it, explaining that he always prefers to work with his own ensemble, perfecting a piece, before allowing it to be played by others. Reich then... Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Interview and Music, New Music, Minimalism, Steve Reich
From 1970, a program of word-tape compositions by Steve Reich and Charles Amirkhanian. During the 1960s and 70s a number of composers and poets began to experiment with tape editing techniques to create text-sound compositions in which fragments of text were cut-up, repeated, or otherwise manipulated in order to create a new synthesis between speech and sound. A selection of these works of sound poetry are presented here. Also included in this program is a performance by the Incredible String... Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Spoken Word, Sound Poetry, Charles Amirkhanian, Steve Reich
Steve Reich and Jon Gibson stopped off at the KPFA studio after a rehearsal for a performance scheduled for the next day at the UC Berkeley’s Art Museum. The discussion centers around Reich’s very unusual music and you will hear an East Coast performance of his Four Organs as well as an exciting recording of Ghanian drumming which Reich recorded in Ghana. They also introduce the music of Philip Glass, playing a tape of his Music in Similar Motion. The program ends with a discussion about... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Minimalism, New Music, Steve Reich, John Gibson
Two avant-garde works for violin, played by one of the world’s leading artists, Paul Zukofsky. In a Mitzvah for the Dead (for Violin and Tape), Michael Sahl has written a piece in four movements which recalls tonal music as a possibility for usage in not merely collage snippets, but as an important element basic to the conception of the work. In the second work, Violin Phase by Steve Reich, the composer takes samples of sound and subjects them to a sort of magnification that provides the... Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Music, New Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Steve Reich,...
A live performance of four early works by Steve Reich: "Four Organs", "My Name Is", "Piano Phase", and "Phase Patterns." This performance marked an important moment in San Francisco Bay Area new music history with the triumphant return to the East Bay by Reich, who studied at Mills College with Luciano Berio, and who performed the 1964 world premiere of Terry Riley's seminal work, “In C", at the San Francisco Tape Music Center. The resonant... ( 4 reviews ) Topics: Music, KPFA-FM, Minimalism, New Music, Steve Reich, University Museum, UC Berkeley Source: Other Minds